Though I have extensive experience using structural analysis programs (with beam elements) and design, my experience is limited using FEM software. I have the following questions:
1. Will my English-only language be a significant hurdle to use the program or correspond via the forums?
2. Should it be possible to get results across a slice (perpendicular to a line)? For reinforcing design, the traditional approach is to integrate the moments about a line segment at each point of interest (where segments are dispersed along “strips” of the structure (e.g. as a “column strip” centered over the support columns (or piling). In addition to the moments about the line for each element intersected by the line, the twisting moment (torsion) value is needed too.
3. For the problem described above, which of the FEM element type available in Aurora s do you recommend using?